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# Notice (Oct 19/05): So ends my stay here on Blogger. This morning Google implemented an anti-spam 'feature' that forces me to answer a challenge phrase when I want to post to my own blog. No notice of the change, nothing. Worse is that it doesn't even work! I type the phrase, submit, "An error occured", post deleted. Damn you, Google. Chances are I will revive my blog somewhere else, sometime soon. I'll post the new coordinates here as soon as they become available. (BTW, I'm unable to post anything to my RSS stream, so I'd appreciate it if readers could spread the word and ask people to take a look at this notice)

Update (Oct 19/05, ~noon): After a frustrating few hours (and not just trying out alternatives to Blogger), I've decided that this is a good time to take a break from all this. A day? A week? Who knows. But I need to step away from it before I pass a heavy magnet over the whole mess.

Update 2: According to this post, the reason I'm seeing the CAPTCHA (challenge phrase) is that Blogger has classified my blog as spam. Thanks. User for five years and now I'm spam. I searched the Blogger site, but there is no mention of how to get the spam flag turned off. There is also no way of contacting anyone at Blogger. Wow. Spam they say I am, so spam I must be. Maybe it is time to take a break.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

MLISSA Speaker Series Kick-Off : Today was the first talk in the speaker series that I’ve been working on for GSLIS. Professor Andrew Large gave a presentation titled Web Portal Design: Children in Charge. He gave a great overview of the work he’s been doing on getting children involved in the design of subject portals to support their school work.

The turnout was great! There were about 40 people in all who attended, which is more then I expected or dared hope for. There were students (Masters and PhD), faculty, and at least one person from the library staff. Considering we only started promoting the event Monday, I say we did a pretty good job! My sense is that people are hungry for this kind of event.

At the beginning of his presentation, Prof. Large mentioned how in the years he’s been working on this project, he and Prof. Beheshti (co-investigator) have presented and talked about their work at conferences all over the world, but never before in GSLIS, their own school! He said he really appreciated the opportunity to do so. I'm hoping that the other faculty in the school feel the same way.

I’m more convinced then ever that this speaker series is the right thing to do, and well worth the effort that I need to put into it. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue this initial success into a string of great talks and presentations.


Hey Ed - hows it going? I haven't been here in a while. Looks very different.

1) Can you linkslap us with a schedule of the series?

2) And maybe you or someone you know would be interested in this talk on Wednesday at concordia? (http://gamecode.ca/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=11) Leslie is a great prof -right now she's involved with cracin (http://www.fis.utoronto.ca/research/iprp/cracin/) studying IT and community groups. One of her phd's is doing research on isf (http://socsearch.ilesansfil.org/)

keep me in mind when interesting stuff goes on at mcgill. There's a few groups here that would be into hearing about it (gamecode and digitalgirls.org as well as some of the communications people).


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